Canmore Nordic Centre

4.33 out of 5
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↑ 400 m
↓ 400 m
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Updated description by Greg, 8/26/14:

The Canmore Nordic Centre is a complex, interconnected web of singletrack and cross country ski trails. Thankfully, the signage is great and corresponds very well with an up-to-date map, available at the Trail Sports bike shop.

To hear some people talk about the Nordic Centre, you might think that all this area has to offer is buffed out machine-cut singletrack--but nothing could be further from the truth! While many of the trails at the Nordic Centre are indeed machine-built, the Centre is home to a vastly varied network of trails. Some of the machine-cut tracks are smooth and flowing, while others are chundery and offer challenging sections. Still other portions of trail are new school flow trails with berms, jumps, and rollers, and the skills park offers great jumps and stunts. And finally, if you look hard and aren't afraid of a challenge, you can still find steep fall line sections of old-school singletrack leftover from the World Cup days of yore.

My local guide, Charlie, gave me a fantastic sampling of the trails at the centre, but we didn't nearly hit everything! Thanks to the network format and the wide variety of trail difficult, we encountered all sorts of riders from hardened racers checking out the course for the upcoming Xterra to groups of kids that were a part of the local kids mountain bike program. Even on the Friday that we were riding, the main connectors to and from the trailhead were busy, and the Trail Sports rental fleet was almost completely gone. Still, as we ventured further into the network and onto the more challenging trails, we often were blanketed in complete solitude in the deep Alberta forest.

Trails continue to be added to the network as well. While the majority of the new trail developments coincide with the closure and rehabilitation of an old, unsustainable trail, there is new trail work in progress that will eventually revamp the singletrack connection to Banff, and then extend down into Kananaskis country and eventually connect to the Great Divide trail, thus rerouting the beginning of the Tour Divide route onto sweet, sweet singletrack! While this project is still just in the beginning phases, the kilometer of still-under-construction singletrack that I rode at the Nordic Centre is promising!
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  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (7)

Bunny Hop

July 30, 2019
Review: Amazing variety of trails here. A bit difficult to interpret the Nordic Center map. There are easy trails and most are intermediate to advanced. Bike rentals on-site, and good service.


May 6, 2018
gap1967 Gramcounter  
Review: Visited here may 2017. Hired a full suspension bike from trail sports and road off into the forest. Enjoyed the climbs and descents on the EKG trail.

Granny Gear

June 29, 2016
BigRed123 Granny Gear  
Review: Great range of trails, everything from Beginner to black diamond. All XC riding, no shuttling. Bear spray should be carried as two black bears live in the area

Bunny Hop

September 15, 2014
Vic Handa Bunny Hop  
Review: Great riding with amazing scenery. I was there for a short quick run and loved it! Lots of rocky sections and some great technical sections. Worth a visit and you can rent a bike for $36/2hours not bad for some fun.

World Champ

August 26, 2014
Greg Heil World Champ  
Review: The singletrack and signage at the Nordic Centre has improved drastically in recent years! This area has transformed into one of the best mountain bike trail systems around, offering trails for everyone ranging from beginners to advanced. The Nordic Centre is truly the heart of Canmore!


September 27, 2012
abegold Doubletrack  
Review: This is the olympic venue for cross country skiing with singltracks running thru the trees. Relatively flat but the deep forest keeps the area cool.

Similar Trail: Trails all around Canmore.



December 28, 2014
Review: Relatively flat??? I bust a lung every time I ride there.


September 16, 2011
bdbolin Poseur  
Review: Loved this area.

Canmore Nordic Centre MTB Trail 4.33 out of 5 based on 7 ratings. 7 user reviews.
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The Heart of Canmore: The Canmore Nordic Centre